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Jim Green boots help preserve your feet and endangered African animals

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This South African boot was designed by wildlife Rangers for combat with poachers of endangered African animals. The boots might work well for you.

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Hatchet or saw: Choose the best portable survival kit woodcutting tool

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Should you carry a hatchet or a saw? It depends. When choosing any tool for wilderness or urban survival, anticipate where you might be when you may need the tool, and what tasks it will need to perform.

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Know which fabrics make the best winter survival clothing

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Different fabrics have radically different properties. Choosing the wrong type, or mixing clothing of different materials, can be disastrous!

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10 Christmas gifts for the well-prepared (and hard to buy for) person on your list

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So what do you buy for that survivalist/prepper/outdoorsperson on your Christmas list who (apparently) has everything and (allegedly) doesn’t need anything. Here are some suggestions, from items I have field tested n the past year.

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Do you need waterproof hiking boots? Are these the best choice for overall wear?

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A major decision and choice when buying hiking boots or shoes is whether to get the waterproof versions or not. You might be surprised why this is important, and which version will be the best for you.

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Add cut resistant gloves to your hunting/fishing gear

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Practicing safe knife handling is the best way to avoid cutting yourself. The second best may be to wear a cut resistant glove. Here is how to choose them.

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Videos: My top ten deer hunting knives

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Every year, folks ask me the “Who is your favorite child?” question when it comes to the best knives for deer hunting. Here are some of the knives that work for me.

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Review: Bark River Cub EDC

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If you’re in the market for a solid knife that  can handle hard use, the Bark River Cub EDC might be what you’re looking for. The knife has a proven, classic design, with features that will endear it to most outdoorspeople. I like the EDC very much, and I’m guessing you would too.

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Stay hydrated! Use this simple system to assure you always have water with you

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Staying hydrated is not an option. Anywhere, any time, you must drink or die. Dehydration can hit you any time you don’t have access to safe, pure drinking water.

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Nine tips for fitting your hiking boots for long term comfort

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Hiking boot comfort starts the right-sized boots for you. Here are some tips for fitting your hiking footwear.

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